Elizabeth Elijah, 45, has been arrested by the Korle Bu police for allegedly pouring hot soup on a neighbour following a politics-related confrontation that ensued between them.
Elijah is a sympathizer for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), while the victim, Hawa Mumuni, 31, a supporter of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The latter has her face and arm harmed, injuries that now require plastic surgery.
The two women had an argument on the investiture of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Ghana's president.
According to Hawa, at about 4 pm on January 7, 2017, she went to fetch water at the house on Abossey Okai Zongo Junction in Accra, where the accused was also staying.
Elijah, popularly known as Bose, began hurling insults at her, and the verbal fight escalated to the point where it turned to a physical one.
In the melee, Bose disentangled herself from Hawa’s grip, lifted the soup that was on fire and poured the contents on her. When Hawa ran out of the house, she was pursued by Bose's daughter who attacked Hawa and her grandmother with stones.
Even though there were other people in the house, no one intervened in the struggle, Hawa says. She has been discharged from the hospital, but has to go back for a review and is currently awaiting surgery.
The police are preparing Bose for the court.
Eyewitnesses of the scene say this is not the first time Bose has politically charged confrontations with area dwellers.